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What’s new at Candid (July 2020)

By Jen Bokoff
July 10, 2020

Jen Bokoff, the author, (top right) participating in the final keynote address for Peak2020 Online.
The author (top right) participating in the final keynote address for Peak2020 Online.

Since my last “What’s new at Candid” update, George Floyd’s death at the hands of police and the ensuing uprisings have sparked significant reckoning with racial justice in our sector. At Candid, this meant affirming our commitment to racial equity, accelerating updates to our racial equity webpage, and taking time to pause and share together. We have also published several related blogswhich are included in the “Candid insights” section below. 

As we shared in our June 4 statement, putting an end to systemic racism is going to require nonprofits and foundations to step up like never before. The only way for our sector to do more is to recognize where and how we have failed to do enough.

This is a journey, not a checkbox. We’re here to help on your journey while we ourselves continue on ours. And of course, all of our other work continues, too. We just released the latest human rights funding data, and in the next two weeks, you’ll see new research from us on peacebuilding. We’ll also unveil our 2030 vision to you soon. Meanwhile, on June 3, I moderated a conversation featuring Brad Smith, T. Sylvester John, and Zohra Zori, who reviewed Candid’s first year and discussed what lies ahead. To learn more, watch the recording, and read the latest below.  

Highlights 

  • Astruggles with COVID-19 persist, we continue to update our resources on the pandemic.
  • On May 12, we welcomed four new trustees to Candid’s board: Naila Farouky, CEO of the Arab Foundations Forum; Rosa Gallego, director of International Relations for  Asociación Española de Fundaciones; Matt Gee, co-founder and CEO of BrightHive; and Rhett Mabry, president of The Duke Endowment.
  • Several Candid employees played key roles in PEAK Grantmaking’s month-long virtual conferenceSupriya Kumar co-presented a keynote address with Tanya Gulliver-Garcia of the Center for Disaster Philanthropy that shred insights on philanthropy’s response to COVID-19. Janet Camarena participated in Power and Light: Enlightened Approaches for Accountable and Equitable Grantmaking with representatives from the Durfee Foundation, The California Endowment, and RespectAbility. I got in on the action, too; I had the privilege of moderating a conversation between Carly Bad Heart Bull of Native Ways Federation and Tim Fox of Calgary Foundation in the closing keynote“Building Equity for Native Communities Through Collaboration.” Recordings of these sessions are available through the PEAK Grantmaking websitePEAK Organization Members and PEAK2020 registrants have complimentary access, and materials are available to others for a fee.
  • Ivonne Simms launched Candid’s Leadership Circle for Emerging Development Professionals. Originally, this was to be an in-person program, but the pandemic forced us to offer it virtually instead.
  • Our free virtual pandemic-related webinars have been big hits! More than 3,424 people attended “Shifting Your Events Online During COVID-19” on May 20. It is our most attended webinar to date. You can link to recordings of this webinar and the others in the series from the “Webinars” section of our coronavirus pop-up page.
  • In partnership with the MacArthur Foundation and Lever for Change, we launched the Solutions Bank on June 22. Comprising more than 450 proposals that were submitted as part of MacArthur’s  100&Change  competition, the Solutions Bank demonstrates how a proposal marketplace—which would save time for both grantmakers and grantees—could work. 

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